How to Draw a Fire Salamander

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Fire Salamander in 6 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

The images above represent how your finished drawing is going to look and the steps involved.

Below are the individual steps - you can click on each one for a High Resolution printable PDF version.

At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Fire Salamander.

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How to Draw a Fire Salamander - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Start with the head, make sure to add in an extra little "hill" for the other eye

Step 2: From the top of the head, draw a downward, curved line

Step 3: Draw a pair of front legs, each with four toes

Step 4: Draw the bottom of the body and the hind legs

Step 5: Draw two curved lines that connect at the end for the tail

Step 6: Draw several spots on the body to make it look realistic

Interesting Facts about the Fire Salamander

Salamandra salamandra, also known as the fire salamander, is a common and well-known species throughout Europe. Their appearances are very prominent and unique, with mostly black bodies that contain bright stripes or dots of yellow, red or orange. It is their coloring that has given them the name “fire salamander.” Not all fire salamanders look the same, though, as some might not even have any spots or stripes at all! They are known to have very long lifespans for a lizard, with one having been raised in captivity to the age of fifty. The fire salamander likes hilly areas and forests with a lot of fallen leaves and mossy trees that they can hide under or inside of, and always prefer to be near small bodies of fresh water.

Did you know?

  • The fire salamander grows to be six to nine inches long.
  • As baby salamanders are hatched, they are immediately introduced to water. This is why the fire salamanders prefer to live near bodies of water. It is to ensure the survival of their offspring.
  • The secretions given off by the skin of the fire salamander can be toxic, both to other animals and to humans.
  • Usually the colored markings on the salamander’s body indicate where its poisonous glands are.
  • The fire salamander has gone extinct in some parts of Europe. One example is the Netherlands.
  • They have sticky tongues that can help them to catch prey that gets too close.

Arts and Crafts Activity Notes: : Draw the fire salamander and proceed to make copies for every participant. When drawing the salamander, make sure to leave its body blank, without markings. Instruct each participant to color in their fire salamander with colored pencils, markers or crayons, drawing their own markings as they’d like. Have them cut out their designs with safety scissors, and then use the colorful salamanders to decorate personal spaces like cubbies, desks and lockers.

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